CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Deputies have charged two people after a body was found shot dead and left in the woods in Chester County Saturday.
Deputies charged 46-year-old Kenneth Tyrone Wherry with murder and possession of a weapon during violent crime, and 49-year-old Lavondia Elisia Wherry with accessory after the fact.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office received information that led to investigators finding a body in a wooded area on Woods Road. The body was identified as 41-year-old Antonio Thompson,.
Further investigation led to search warrants at a home on Enix Road in Chester where a gun, vehicle, and other evidence was seized.
Preliminary information indicates sometime on Saturday, Feb. 27, Kenneth Wherry, Lavondia Wherry, Antonio Thompson (victim), and another person were in a vehicle traveling near the area of SC Highway 72 North and Cedarhurst Road in Chester County.
While traveling, deputies say Kenneth Wherry allegedly shot the victim and later disposed of the body in a wooded area on Woods Road. Lavondia is believed to have been driving the vehicle, and assisted in disposing of the body.
Specific details of what deputies say they believe the motive to be cannot be discussed at this time.
However, deputies did reveal the belief the use of crack cocaine to be an “important factor” that led to the death of the victim.
At this time, law enforcement is not searching for a third suspect. That being said, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges for other individuals are possible.
Deputies say they believe this murder occurred sometime Saturday morning. However, the Sheriff’s Office did not receive the initial information about the murder until late Saturday night.
Anyone with information should call the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at 803-581-5131.